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The Cotswolds Werewolf and other stories of Sherlock Holmes

2 Nov

“The Cotswolds Werewolf and other stories of Sherlock Holmes” was written by Peter K. Andersson and published by MX Publishing is 2014.

This great book comprises a novella: The Adventure of the Cotswolds Werewolf; and four short stories: The Adventure of the Velvet Lampshade, The Adventure of the Missing Mudlark, The Adventure of the Forking Paths, and The Adventure of the One-Armed Pugilist.

Usually with an anthology you get at least one dud story. Not this time. All five stories were excellent with each story being well plotted and well written. The titualar story has someone…or something, killing sheep in a small Cotswolds village. Holmes, reluctantly dragged there on holiday by Watson, takes on the challenge after the killer starts on people.

The friendship between Holmes and Watson is front and centre, which is something important to me in a pastiche.

A fabulous traditional Sherlock Holmes tale that will appeal to many. The Holmesian references scattered throughout are also fun to find.

Highly recommended.

The book is available directly from MX Publishing: https://mxpublishing.com/products/the-cotswolds-werewolf-and-other-stories-of-sherlock-holmes

Shadowfall

5 Oct

Tracy Revels’ Sherlock Holmes novel, “Shadowfall”, published in 2011 by MX Publishing, is a book that has been sitting on my ‘To Be Read’ shelf for a while. I did not know what a delicious treasure was waiting for me.

When the sacred relics and mystical objects of London begin disappearing, Holmes is reluctant to take the case. But this isn’t an ordinary case and Holmes is far from an ordinary man.

Welcome to the world of Shadows.

“Shadowfall” isn’t traditional Holmes & Watson. This is a horror story as well as a mystery. Watson is completely human, but Holmes proves to be so much more than human.

Tracy Revels has written a darkly delicious story with much to delight people like myself, who are partial to their Holmes served with a side order of strange.

The book is well written; the writing tight and sharp, with a few light touches to ease the tension. Holmes and Watson in this book are very much in step with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s creations.

I didn’t so much read it as devour it. Highly recommended.

“Shadowfall” and its sequels (which have now gone onto my Book Depository wishlist) are still available::

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the London Dock Deaths

19 Sep

My third book, “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the London Dock Deaths” will be published by MX Publishing in February 2021.

However, I am pleased to announce our early-bird Kickstarter campaign.

Check out the new book here:

The Sign of Fear

27 Aug

It’s the tenth anniversary of the publication, by MX Publishing, of “The Sign of Fear” by Molly Carr.

I hadn’t read it before, but relished the opportunity to finally do so.

“The Sign of Fear” is not your typical Holmes and Watson story. The protagonist is Mary Morstan aka Mrs. John Watson.

We learn about the events of the The Sign of Four from her perspective which is greatly different to the story as previously published.

From that start the book jumps into a riot of colourful escapades and adventures with equally colourful characters, including Holmes, Watson, Moriarty, Emily Fanshawe aka Mrs. Neville St Clair, the father of Hercule Poirot, the mother of Miss Jane Marple, Raffles, Bunny, and the youthful Maigret.

“The Sign of Fear” is a delightful romp from start to finish.

Thanks to Steve Emecz at MX Publishing for providing a copy for review.

Jeremy Brett: Playing a Part

9 Aug

To many people the name ‘Jeremy Brett’ is synonymous with Sherlock Holmes.  His performance as the Great Detective in the Granada production made him a household name around the world.  But there was much more to Jeremy than Sherlock Holmes, and Maureen Whittaker in her monumental undertaking “Jeremy Brett: Playing a Part” demonstrates that at great length.

From Jeremy’s childhood in Warwickshire, to his years on the stage, his sojourn in Hollywood, to Sherlock Holmes, and to his final cameo role in “Moll Flanders”, Maureen gives us a wonderful in depth look at the life and career of this fabulously talented actor.

The book is large and packed with many photos that have not been seen before.  A beautiful foreword by Jeremy’s first Watson, David Burke, just adds to the delight.

Published by MX Publishing, Maureen Whittaker’s magnum opus is a testament to both the talent of Jeremy Brett and the love that so many people still have for him.

One thing that I really loved about this book was Maureen’s refusal to include gossip.  Everything in this book came from a substantiated source, resulting in a book that is both honest and respectful.

Well written and impeccably researched, “Jeremy Brett: Playing a Part” deserves a spot in the collection of every Holmesian.

I would like to thank Steve Emecz at MX Publishing for giving me a copy to review.

Link to Book: https://mxpublishing.com/products/jeremy-brett-playing-a-part-colour-paperback-edition?_pos=3&_sid=24525ff33&_ss=r

Sherlock Holmes and the House of Pain

16 Jul

One of the greatest gifts Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gave to pastiche writers was a list of unrecorded cases, such as Merridew of the Abominable Memory, and the Case of the Politician, the Lighthouse and the Trained Cormorant. All ideas that pastiche writers have latched on to and given their take on Doyle’s carelessly chucked out gems.

In “Sherlock Holmes and the House of Pain”, by Stephen Seitz, the case in question is arguably the most famous: The Giant Rat of Sumatra.

A female missionary goes missing in London’s notorious East End, where rats of unusual size have been spotted. When Watson persuades Holmes to take on the case, the scene is set for an interesting story indeed.

Stephen Seitz’s use of H. G. Wells’ Dr. Moreau, as well as Arthur Conan Doyle’s other well known character, Professor Challenger, creates a nightmarish story of science gone mad.

The relationship between Holmes and Watson is a little uneven, but works well on the whole. I felt too much of the story revolved around Challenger, but that is a personal preference, seeing as I have never taken to the character of Professor Challenger.  Other readers will no doubt feel differently.

A fast paced and, above all, interesting take on the “story for which the world is not yet prepared”.  If you would like to read it, “Sherlock Holmes and the House of Pain” is available directly from the publisher, MX Publishing: https://mxpublishing.com/products/sherlock-holmes-and-the-house-of-pain?_pos=1&_sid=490849197&_ss=r

Dead Ringers: Sherlock Holmes Stories

25 Jun

50609507._SY475_“Dead Ringers” (published by MX Publishing) is a volume of short stories from the pen of noted Sherlockian Robert Perret and is quite a treat.

The stories have all been published in a wide variety of publications and it is nice to have them all collected together in one volume.

Robert Perret’s style is tight and firm and the stories fairly bounce along. Perret’s Holmes rarely jars, and the relationship between Holmes and Watson is solid gold.

Writers sometimes concentrate so hard on Holmes and Watson that other canonical characters suffer. Not in these stories: Lestrade, Gregson, Mrs. Hudson, and others are all as well rounded, and the original characters solid and believable.

With any anthology there will be stories of greater and lesser appeal to each reader. For me, the absolute stand out stories were:

The Mystery of the Change of Art
The Adventure of the Pharaoh’s Tablet
The Adventure of the Twofold Purpose.

The latter story was my favourite; its gothic overtones making for quite a chilling tale.

An excellent volume of stories to while away a cold winter’s evening. Highly recommended.

Link to Book: https://mxpublishing.com/products/dead-ringers-sherlock-holmes-stories?_pos=2&_sid=3471def3a&_ss=r

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Quintette of Questions: Margaret Walsh — Narrelle M Harris: writer and crafter

7 May

 

Today I’m asking Margaret Walsh 5 questions about her latest book! 1. What’s the name of your latest book – and how hard was it to pick a title? My latest book is Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Perplexed Politician. It was very hard to pick a title, because everything else I came up with…

via Quintette of Questions: Margaret Walsh — Narrelle M Harris: writer and crafter

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Perplexed Politician

16 Apr

My second book, “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Perplexed Politician” is released today.

It is available directly from the publisher, MX Publishing: https://mxpublishing.com/products/sherlock-holmes-the-case-of-the-perplexed-politician?fbclid=IwAR0Xy74SeUc3o4maqWBV0Jhm51xo2M9Rq3E1uGXndTMFRRrLyYBD3GpmJgw

But also from Book Depository, Barnes and Noble, and the various Amazon sites worldwide.

“When the fiancé of the sister of a Member of Parliament is found dead in mysterious circumstances, the man turns to Sherlock Holmes and John Watson to get an answer to the puzzle. Journeying to the small Wiltshire village of Barrow-upon-Kennet, Holmes and Watson are soon deep into a murder investigation. With few clues and a mounting death toll, Holmes and Watson realize that they are facing something much more sinister than a perplexed politician.”

A New Sherlock Holmes Adventure.

29 Jan

I thought 2019 was a good year, with my first novel, “Sherlock Holmes and the Molly-Boy Murders” released by MX Publishing.  2020 looks to be even better.

I am delighted to announce that on 16th April 2020 my second Sherlock Holmes novel, “Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Perplexed Politician” will be released by MX Publishing.

“When the fiancé of the sister of a Member of Parliament is found dead in mysterious circumstances, the man turns to Sherlock Holmes and John Watson to get an answer to the puzzle.  Journeying to the small Wiltshire village of Barrow-upon-Kennet, Holmes and Watson are soon deep into a murder investigation.  With few clues and a mounting death toll, Holmes and Watson realize that they are facing something much more sinister than a perplexed politician.”

Has the blurb whetted your appetite?  I hope so.  As soon as I have pre-order details I will share them with you.

 

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